See My Artwork! Contest: # 18 - DC Jen's Non-Suburban Style

See My Artwork! Contest: # 18 - DC Jen's Non-Suburban Style

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 27, 2006

Name: D.C. Jenn
Location: Washington, D.C.
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Artwork: Photograph by Mark Bennett
Purchased/Found: Conner Contemporary Art
Price: @ $1000

In my slightly retro kitchen, hanging over a 1950s Formica table, I have an oversized cibachrome by Mark Bennett, from his series "The Effect of the Fords on Barbara."

The stereotypical, June-and-Ward couple is hanging out in their brightly colored, tract-home driveway, and there's type at the top reading, "LOOK, Bob. Our new neighbors have a Ford!" "Shut up, Barbara, I'm drinking..."

I guess I'm trying to riff on the fact that my husband and I live in the suburbs yet attempt to remain anything but stereotypical! The walls behind the print are a minty, vintage-y aqua hue, though this may be hard to see in this photo.

Artwork: Portrait by Clark
Purchased/Found: D.C.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, 2001
Price: $500 (unframed, I think frame was $100)

In our master bedroom, a Pop art portrait of George Washington by Clark (one name only!), a D.C.-NYC Pop artist.

Clark, who is a pal of mine and has work in the vaults at the Museum of Modern Art, intends his portraits of presidents like George (he also does Abes and JFKs) to be hung in multiples, but I liked how this single, psychedelic George went with the 1840s American Empire dresser and Key lime green paint in our master bedroom. The hand is an old rubber glove mold I picked up in Georgetown.?

I like this combo because it shows that you can mix all-American symbols in a modern, not overtly patriotic way. It's a new twist on DC style that goes behind those boring canopy beds and toile prints at Mount Vernon or the White House!

That's it..thanks for your time! DC Jenn

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